Did you know that Omega 3s are a great nutrient for your kids?
First, let’s start with: What Are Omega-3s?
Omega 3s are essential unsaturated fatty acids. The 3 comes in because there are three double bonds on positions in their hydrocarbon chain. It sounds a bit scientific, but what you really need to know is that they are wonderful for the body and the brain.
Omega 3s are considered “essential” fatty acids because we all need them for optimal health. And no one needs them more than a growing and developing youngster.
As children’s bodies and brains develop they need some key nutrients to make sure they do so smoothly. The nutrients from Omega-3s can even help reduce the occurrence and side effects of illnesses like depression and asthma. An important aspect of Omega-3s is their DHA which helps the brain.
Do you want to maximize your child’s intellectual potential? A study published in Plos One in June 20138linked low levels of DHA with poorer reading, and memory and behavioral problems in healthy school-age children. In another study published in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition in August 2013,9 children who consumed an omega-3 fat supplement as infants scored higher on rule learning, vocabulary, and intelligent testing at ages 3 to 5. ~Dr. Mercola
In Authority Nutrition’s Post, 17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, details of the numerous health benefits are listed. Here are a few:
- Eye Health
- Brain Health
- Reduce Symptoms of ADHD
- Fight Inflammation
- Reduce Asthma
- Improve Joint Health
and much more!
Children can get Omega 3s from foods like fish and flaxseeds. There are fish oil supplements available for kids, high in DHA, as well.
In this video, Dr. Axe has benefits for not only children but adults too, along with some Omega 3 sources:
Omega-3 Fatty Acid Benefits
*The dosage Dr. Axe mentions is for adults, so be sure to research the optimal amount for children or talk to your local health store about a children’s supplement.
Also, check out 20 Recipes Full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids by Bon Appetit